Just as it looked like Moose Pelwecki was about to get a tryout as a ‘Big’ TE, we get this interesting scene which, as so often happens in Milford, raises more questions than it answers. Here are a few of mine:
Just how long was Kaz hanging out underneath the goalpost ready to sling that football?
Does he have a whole stack of balls there or just the one?
To what extent does the Milford HS coaching staff’s fixation on resolving the backup TE issue detract from their broader efforts to prepare for Madison?
Is it possible this is in fact the extent of preparations for Madison?
Wait, why is Kaz addressing Hakeem mid-conversation with Gil? This would be an otherwise boring exposition strip but for that non sequitur.
Am I missing something?
Edited to add: YES! I totally missed that it was Hakeem in panel three of yesterday’s strip. Welp, now that this particular mystery has been solved, I’ll go on about my day and pretend this never happened.
This plot is now stuck in the mud, the wheels are spinning, it’s messy and we’re not going anywhere. It’s nice to see Marjie and Gil doing their elaborate dance around the exchange of almost no information.
Panel 3 offers something pretty unique: Coack Kaz in a classroom! We know this is part of the high school coach’s life, but with the blistering pace of this strip and the intricate plotting, we just never get to see the coaches in the academic setting. Well, he’s in a classroom, but that’s about as much as me know. The classroom does have a college lecture hall feel, at least in terms of the seating that we see. I guess that’s not out of place in a modern high school. I wouldn’t know.
I don’t know what the nutty unknown kid is about to suggest to Kaz, but it has to do with The Secret Pelwecki, so hopefully it signals a plot movement. I gotta run and start studying for that pop quiz. I’ve got to look up Timi Tnuii Ivnii? Was that in the textbook or did I miss it in a lecture?
Kevin Pelwecki may not have a poster of the right guard on his wall, but does he have Groucho Marx and Chuck McCann in his medicine cabinet?
Here we were for the past couple of days remarking on how this strip portrays football positions in dialog balloons as abbreviations and wondering whether Milfordians pronounced them as abbreviations, and now here are kids sounding out the full name of each position. In so doing The Secret Pelwecki shows himself to be yet another in a very long line of Milford Idiots who want nothing more than to be the
defensive lineman right guard center of attention. I blame reality television.
Then – hey y’all, look! It’s a rare Coach Shaw spotting – and with more lines than just about ever. He’s setting us up for the fifth-string QB‘s transition into the third-string TE. Kaz, however, has had enough of his talk. By doing an end-around to snatch Coach Shaw’s MATT mug, Kaz asserts his dominance over Coach Shaw and maintains his status as beta male on the Milford sidelines.
So now Gil has 5 QB’s and no tight ends. Unless he counts his ass and Kaz’s, which makes 2. (I’m here all week.) Nice roster management.
I now get the feeling that Pelweki may be recruited to play tight end, since why the hell would he need to watch FILM with 4 other guys? They need 5 quarterbacks like Gil needs a lemonade stand in the summer. If Gil already had 4, no way would he waste time with Kevin at practice, not if he had connected brain cells. Every plot turn gets more ridiculous then the last in this strip. Next we’ll see Heather trying out for tight end. You watch. I’ll stay in bed.
So now Kevin is the fifth-string quarterback, between the Mississippi National Guard and the League of Women Voters. No actual word on who the second-, third- or fourth-stringers are. Also no word as to why The Secret Pelwecki is getting some reps under center. Maybe Gil thought he hadn’t made enough belittling dickish comments for the day.
Finally, no word on how Rick Scott knows how Pete DeWindt hurt himself on that big block. Perhaps he is The Injury Whisperer, much as his new understudy Heather fancies herself The Quarterback Whisperer. I suppose this presages the position switch The Real Pelwecki tipped us off to: not to QB but to TE (as this strip prints it). I’m sure Gil will cook up a play that lets him make a handoff – some kind of reverse or double reverse.
Anyone out there familiar with protocols for calling off a game? I would think that if you’re waiting until you see lightning, you’re waiting too long. I do kind of like the notion of Marty losing his vintage 2008 MacBook to a lightning strike though… Also, I kind of like the fact that Marty refers to PUB as home.
Marty Moon is going to give Gil so much hell about allowing the game to continue with lightning in the vicinity… But who cares about that? Today’s strip is one of the best we’ve seen in a long time.